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January 27, 2012
By Ms Vickey Mouze (USAG Hawaii)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Status updates on community issues raised at the fiscal year 2012 Hawaii Army Family Action Plan Conference were presented to U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii leadership, here.

During the AFAP conference, two workgroups reviewed community issues ranging from security to community services.

Each of the workgroups then selected its top issues and presented recommendations to senior leaders and subject matter experts.

Status updates follow:

Issue: No recreation center at Fort Shafter for single Soldiers.

•Provide a multipurpose morale, welfare and recreation facility on Fort Shafter similar to the Tropics Warrior Zone, here.

Recommended status: Active. Community Recreation Division; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; USAG-HI, is working with the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, or BOSS, to establish viability of a program at Fort Shafter.

Issue: A viable teen establishment.

•Use the Teen Board through the Teen Center to implement and create appealing, age-appropriate activities for military family members ages 13-18.

•Develop a safe and healthy environment for teenagers to congregate and interact in an appropriate manner. This issue can be resolved by extending the hours of operation on Saturday and during school breaks until 10 p.m.

•Provide multiple shuttle transportation system throughout each military installation to the closest teen center.

Recommended status: Active. Child, Youth and School Services, DFMWR, will follow up to find out the results of changes in hours. Also, additional shuttle service has increased teen use of program.

Issue: Nutrition and equipment for Teen Center.

•Provide a healthy yet sustainable snack that could be prepared by teens involved in the Cooking Club.

•Create a separate menu for middle/high school teens that is suitable for their age group based on their input.

•Authorize facilities to purchase adequate food preparation equipment to prepare their own snacks.

Recommended status: Active. CYSS will follow up with results of the survey conducted by the Teen Board to provide input to the menu selections.

Issue: No coin-operated laundry on Schofield Barracks or Wheeler Army Airfield.

•Provide an Exchange-managed, coin-operated laundry facility on Schofield Barracks or Wheeler Army Airfield.

•Supply an adequate amount of standard-sized and industrial strength washers and dryers.

Recommended status: Active. The Exchange and the Directorate of Public Works, USAG-HI, will develop a cost analysis for water and location of potential service.

Issue: Security in off-post housing communities.

•Designate privatized off-post housing communities as military installations and afford them the same level of security as on-post housing.

•Install automated security access gates with video monitoring for all privatized off-post housing communities.

•Increase roving patrols and use as random access measures in off-post housing communities.

Recommended status: Active.

Issue: Accessibility to family members' immunization records.

•Improve the timeliness by which family members' medical information (to include immunizations) is updated/uploaded into the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, or AHLTA.

•Ensure that paper records and AHLTA are updated during in-processing and out-processing.

•Enable Soldiers and spouses to view and print their minor dependents' needed records (immunization record and physicals) online, like the Medical Protection System, or MEDPROS, on Army Knowledge Online, or AKO.

Recommended status: Closed. Tripler Army Medical Center's Patient Administration Division's standard for providing a copy of a requested medical record is a maximum of 30 days. However, PAD can sometimes provide a one-page document immediately.

Issue: Commissary on Schofield Barracks is inadequate.

•Require Schofield Barracks Commissary to inspect ID cards at the door and check-out for commissary privileges, to limit access and only allow one guest per military ID card holder with commissary privileges over the age of 18.

•Reduce the number of special category personnel (non-handicap) parking spaces and clearly mark all exits doors in the commissary.

•Expand or build a new commissary on Schofield Barracks that can adequately serve the current/projected population.

Recommended status: Closed. This issue has been resolved since the commissary began checking military ID cards at the door and at check-out, Jan. 2. Authorized patrons will be allowed two guests per ID card holder with commissary privileges over the age of 18.

The following issues have been sent to Headquarters, Department of the Army for consideration at the Armywide AFAP Conference: Child care for special needs children, providing a child victim advocate, and unaccompanied military family members' travel on air mobility command fights to a medical treatment facility from outside the continental U.S.

AFAP improves communities

The AFAP Conference held, here, is just one of many AFAP conferences held annually throughout the Army.

AFAP gives all members of the Army family a chance to change and improve community issues.

Each year, family members throughout the Army identify, develop and prioritize community issues that are presented at installation-level AFAP conferences.

Issues that can be resolved at the installation level are assigned to the office that has responsibility for the issue. Potential solutions are then developed. Installation AFAP steering committees then review issues and monitor them until they are resolved.

Issues beyond the scope of an installation commander, which require a higher level of authority, go forward to the issue's respective major command. U.S. Army-Pacific is the MACOM for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, where the process is repeated.

Issues that can't be resolved at the MACOM level are then forwarded to the Department of the Army. There, issues will either be identified as active, completed or unattainable. Results are published and distributed Armywide.